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Comment: Pay Out of Whack (Score 2) 712

by techmage (#46295935) Attached to: Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

As with all things, once you know you have access to the cookie jar, you can get what you want. The CEOs all get these great payouts because the board of directors agrees to it. Why? Because then the CEO can give them nice big Director fee checks. So the CEO gets the cookies and shares them with his friends. As long as the stock goes up, the stockholders will look the other way too. "It is all the cost of doing business," they will say. Everyone but the workers and customers win.

+ - 9 Things You Can Do In Space Right Now!->

Submitted by techmage
techmage (72232) writes "Like the idea of space travel but don't have $250,000 extra in your wallet? has put up a list of 9 things you can do in space right now that don't cost as much as a moderate sized home. Want to send a photo? Maybe rent time on a satellite or take the ultimate in space training. Almost everything from $6 photo flights to full up space training is covered.

Full disclosure: I work for Photos To Space, a participant in the new space arena."

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+ - NASA's Bolden: We Could Still Go Back to the Moon -> 4

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MarkWhittington writes "During NASA Administrator Charles Bolden's recent testimony before the House Science Committee, Bolden had an exchange with Congressman Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas, on the subject of returning to the Moon.

The exchange was very illuminating.

While the plan of the Obama Administration remains bypassing the Moon and going to an asteroid and eventually to Mars, Administrator Bolden suggested that American astronauts could be back on the Moon by 2020 if the decision was made to send them."

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+ - The lunacy of Steve Jobs' reality distortion field->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Naysayers often scoff at the amount of attention devoted to Apple products, claiming that Apple fanboys are merely victims of the RDF, and therefore unable to think rationally. Steve Jobs is a cult leader, they say, and the Mac masses follow him blindly and willingly.

But here’s the thing, the reality distortion field doesn’t exist. Sure, Steve Jobs can pitch a product like no other, but his presentation skills have nothing to do with the millions upon millions of Apple products that are happily purchased by consumers every year."

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+ - Real ID act goes into effect on May 11->

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "For a moment, imagine a future where you are not able to drive a car, get on a plane, get on a train, vote, enter a federal building, open a bank account or get a job without a national ID card. You don't think that could ever happen in America? Well, you might want to brush up on the Real ID Act because it is going to go into effect on May 11, 2011 unless something is done to stop it."
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+ - LED Technology Reduces Chemotherapy's Side Effects-> 2

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gabbo529 writes "Medical researchers have developed a new technology that will help cancer patients stave off the effects of chemotherapy.

Called High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate, or HEALS, it's a chip covered with hundreds of sand-grain sized light emitting diodes, each of which emits energy equivalent to 12 times that of the sun. The lights are in a small box that is held near the patient's head, while the light, which is in the far red and infrared part of the spectrum, shines on the skin.

The technology was originally developed by NASA for plant growth experiments on space shuttle flights."

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Comment: Re:Reassess your place in the universe, techmage. (Score 2, Informative) 387

by techmage (#30906952) Attached to: Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rules?

In this instance, it is not an owner's computer. They took a sales machine with client data and just gave it to a new hire. No log in changes, no information scouring, etc. When we backup the owners machines, it is done to external drive and they are given the drive. However, we don't get the opportunity to those backups very much.

Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 387

by techmage (#30906836) Attached to: Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rules?

When a person leaves the company, we set a policy to back up all data from their laptop before it is given to a new employee. We had to do this due to a laptop being 'recycled' in this manner and losing a lot of data. We don't want profiles or other data left on that machine so we format it and start with a clean install for security reasons (nothing like finding accounting data on the 'new' salespersons computer.

+ - How to get company owners to follow their rules 2

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techmage writes "Recently we had an issue at our rather small company that resulted in the loss of a lot of important data. To prevent it from happening again, we created a company wide policy that all computers would return to IT, have their contents backed up and the computers formatted and reloaded for the next user. Consistently the owners of the company break this and other policies we set up to prevent data loss, theft, etc. How do I get through to the bosses that when they break with the policies, they are potentially shooting the company in the foot?"

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)